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Job Title:  Interdisciplinary General Engineer/Physical Scientist
Department:  Department Of Energy
Agency:  Department of Energy
Job Announcement Number:  DOE-HQ-LM-14-00055-MP

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$87,815.00 to $114,158.00 / Per Year
Thursday, January 02, 2014 to Thursday, January 16, 2014
Full-Time - Permanent
2 vacancies in the following location:
Westminster, CO View Map

Employees of the Office of Legacy Management


About the Agency

The Office of Site Operations (LM20) ensures that human health and the environment at LM sites continue to be protected through long-term surveillance and maintenance (LTS&M) and can include environmental monitoring, inspection of waste disposal sites, operation of treatment systems for groundwater, and evaluation of the effectiveness of institutional controls. This position is on the Environment Team 2 at LM’s Office in Westminster, CO. This team is primarily responsible for former nuclear sites remediated under CERCLA, RCRA, and as part of DOE’s Decontamination and Decommissioning Program. The team also interfaces with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) for determining the eligibility of sites for remediation under the Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program (FUSRAP) and conducting LTS&M at them when remediation of the sites is complete. The incumbent is a subject matter expert in the environmental engineering or physical sciences for LTS&M at legacy sites and in the technical issues related to the management of remediated sites and serves as an LM site manager for multiple sites.
The position serves as a recognized expert in LTS&M and is responsible for conducting it at sites already managed by LM, as well as developing and implementing LTS&M at new sites that will transfer to LM when remediation of them is complete.  The incumbent carries out these assignments in terms of LM policies, objectives, mission statement, and strategic plan, with minimal supervision. The incumbent is also recognized as a DOE-LM senior expert in matters relative to LTS&M and is responsible for day-to-day technical, programmatic, and administrative activities at an assigned site. These activities may involve budget formulation and life cycle planning for the management of sites, working with a support services contractor who is primarily responsible for implementing the LM work, addressing programmatic issues for sites under the same regulatory regime, and effectively communicating and interacting with regulators and stakeholders. The incumbent may also be responsible for helping coordinate in a non-supervisory role the work of other LM site managers.


  • 25% or Greater
  • Site visits!


  • Yes
  • Relocation expenses will be paid to relocate to the duty station area of Westminster, CO.


  • You must be a United States Citizen.
  • This employer participates in the e-Verify program.
  • See "Other Information" section regarding Selective Service requirements.


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As a Physical Scientist/General Engineer you will:

  • Ensure regulatory compliance at assigned sites,including demonstrating to federal regulatory agencies such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, as well as state and local regulatory authorities and affected tribal governments that the proposed actions meet applicable standards and that actions taken are in accordance with such environmental compliance laws and regulations.
  • Function as a site manager, empowered and responsible for all assigned LM site activities such as planning, coordination, direction and execution of project management controls required to ensure the accomplishment of compliance actions at assigned LM sites.
  • Develop and implement policy funding scope and project schedules, and develop performance requirements and other tools for coordination of contractor activities.
  • Develop standards, methods, and procedures to be applied to assigned LTS&M sites which include, but are not limited to, environment, safety and health; master schedule; cost control; quality assurance; construction management criteria; socioeconomic analysis; budget and procurement planning; reporting systems; public information response coordination; site-specific compliance strategies; and technical solutions to remedial actions.
  • Develop strategic approaches, prepare specialized reports and briefings, and represent LM at meetings with DOE management, state and local officials, other federal agencies, tribal nation representatives, the press, and the public on issues related to assigned sites and projects.



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On line resumes of qualified candidates must describe at least one year of specialized experience.
Specialized experience is defined as:

  • Experience applying physical science/engineering practices associated with Long Term Surveillance and Maintenance of closed nuclear sites.

Experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade in the Federal service.
ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS REQUIREMENTS: Your online resume must demonstrate that you possess the following knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs/Competencies) (NOTE: Applicants need not prepare a written responses to these KSAs/competencies, unless asked in the online application).
  • Ability to execute major professional, scientific, and technical programs associated with Long Term Surveillance and Maintenance of closed nuclear sites.
  • Ability to serve as site manager for one or more closure sites. 
  • Knowledge of scientific analyses
  • Ability to develop scientific analyses of LTSM program elements
  • Ability to execute standards, methods, and procedures to be implemented at assigned closure sites.

801  General Engineer
Degree: professional engineering. To be acceptable, the curriculum must: (1) be in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum; or (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.

Combination of education and experience -- college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering.
1301 Physical Scientist

  1. Degree: physical science, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics.


  2. Combination of education and experience -- education equivalent to one of the majors shown in A above that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement. CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT FOR THIS VACANCY: A Preliminary background check must be completed before a new employee can begin work. Current Federal employees or other individuals with and existing completed background investigation may not be required to undergo another background check. If selected for this vacancy, you may be required to file the OGE Form 450 (Financial Disclosure Statement). Status and Non-Status applicants from outside DOE selected for this position are required to serve a mandatory one (1) year probationary period. A DOE career status employee selected for this position may be required to serve a new one (1) year probationary period, pursuant to 5 CFR 315.802.


We will review your application to ensure you meet the job requirements.

  • If you meet the qualifications requirements and are found to be among the top candidates, your application will be referred to the selecting official for further review.

If your resume is incomplete or does not support the responses in your online questionnaire, or if you fail to submit required documentation before the vacancy closes, you may be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted.
To preview questions please click here.


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  • The U.S. Department of Energy fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
  • Veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, please visit the links at the bottom of this page or visit the FedsHireVets website.
  • If you believe that you are eligible for the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), please visit the OPM ICTAP/CTAP website for more information. In order to be considered under the ICTAP program, your application must score within the pre-established "well qualified" category as stated in the Qualifications section.
  • More than one selection may be made from this vacancy announcement.
  • Some positions may require completion of a probationary period or a background investigation.
  • All males must abide by laws regarding Selective Service registration. To learn more about this law, visit the Selective Service web page, Who Must Register.


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To be considered for this position, you must submit a complete application no later than 11:59pm (Eastern Time) on the closing date of this announcement. If you fail to submit a complete application prior to the closing time (regardless of when you started) the application system will not allow you to finish. Requests for extensions will not be granted, so please begin the application process allowing yourself enough time to finish before the deadline. Our application system displays a countdown timer in the top-left corner of the screen for your reference.
Steps to submit a complete application:
  1. You must have a USAJOBS account and be logged in.
  2. You must have a completed resume. (Please note that some DOE offices do not accept uploaded resumes and require that you have a completed resume within your USAJOBS profile using the Resume Builder).
  3. Once you are logged in and all of your application materials ready, click the 'Apply Now' button.
  4. You must respond to all applicant assessment questions, carefully following all instructions provided.
  5. You will then be asked to upload additional supporting documentation, which may include (but is not limited to) transcripts, portfolio samples, certifications, and verification of veteran status.
  6. IMPORTANT: In the final step of the application process you will be shown a copy of your resume and all the information you entered during the application process. You must click the 'Finish' button at the bottom of this final page and receive confirmation that your application has been received. If you do not click 'Finish', your application will not be received.

If your resume does not support the responses in your application questionnaire, or if you fail to submit required documentation before the vacancy closes, you may be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted accordingly.
  • If you experience any difficulties with the application process (anything after you have clicked the Apply Now button), please contact the HR Specialist listed on this announcement between normal business hours.
  • If you are having trouble with USAJOBS (searching for jobs, account profile issues, or Resume Builder help, please visit the USAJOBS Resource Center or e-mail
  • If you are experiencing a significant hardship which hinders your ability to apply online please contact the HR Specialist listed on this announcement during normal business hours.


Please carefully review the following list to determine what documentation you need to submit. Some documents may not apply to all applicants.
If you are unsure, click the link for each document type to read more.
  • ALL APPLICANTS: Resume supporting your specialized experience and responses to the online questionnaire.
  • Applicants using education to qualify (if applicable): Documentation verifying your educational claims which can include unofficial transcripts or any report listing institution, course title, credits earned and grade. Education may not be applicable for some jobs at higher grade levels. Please see the Education section for more information.
  • Current/former Federal employees: Most recent Standard Form (SF) 50. To properly verify status eligibility, your SF-50 must show: position title and type, occupational series, grade, and tenure. This is a blank sample SF-50 and should not be submitted with your application!
  • Displaced Federal employees: ICTAP/CTAP documentation.
  • Veterans: veteran eligibility documentation (DD-214, VA Letter, Standard Form (SF) 15 as applicable). Please note: If you are a veteran who has not yet been discharged, you may provide a statement of intent to discharge from your agency to receive Veterans Preference under the VOW (Veterans Opportunity to Work) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011.
  • Persons with Disabilities: Individuals with intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities may apply for appointment through the Schedule A hiring authority. Certified verification of a disability from a licensed medical professional; a licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist; or any Federal, state, or District of Columbia agency or U.S. territory that issues or provides disability benefits will be required.


Baron Walden
Phone: 202-586-6425
Fax: 000-000-0000
TDD: 202-586-8155
Agency Information:
Department of Energy
Human Resources Office
1000 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC
Fax: 000-000-0000


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